Red carpet glitz and glam has been rather threadbare on the social calendar in Aotearoa of late. Among the high profile events that have fallen off the IRL schedule in recent years is TV’s big night of nights, the NZTV Awards. A night where rival networks go head-to-head to both support and shade each other, and where journalists and actors share a stage in celebration of cross-genre storytelling.
Amongst this important recognition of hard hitting topics like the war in the Ukraine, the treatment of our Pasifika communities and fetal alcohol syndromewe were there to bring some frivolity to the proceedings with the age-old question, “what are you wearing?”
The big ‘red carpet’ trends were recycling (actor Sara Wiseman, Television Personality of the Year winner Bree Tomasel and Dr Hinemoa Elder all wore previously loved items from their own wardrobes, while Nadia Lim rented a gown and nominee Awa Puna borrowed from friends and flatmates) and custom looks (The Panthers’ costume designer Sammy Salsa in Barbiecore pink, and Samantha Hayes in custom emerald Tanya Carlson).
A more niche trend? The notoriously bad traffic in Tāmaki that had presenter Mike McRoberts getting dressed in the car, Shavaughn Ruakere running the red carpet in her Adidas trackpants and getting changed in the bathroom, and presenter Kimberly Crossman, resplendent in orange (a color seen on several guests, including The Spinoff’s Madeleine Chapman looking incredible in a Ruby shorts suit) joke that she’d come dressed as a “triggering road cone”.
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Host Kura Forrestor described The Panthers, with 18 nominations, as “the Beyoncé” of the event. The cast and crew were the undisputed winners of the night and some might argue that spilled over to the red carpet where they brought some Pasifika excellence, and style, to the proceedings.
Sammy Salsa (pictured with Mario Faumui), winner best costume designer, The Panthers
Sammy wore a Barbiecore pink suit that he had made by a local dressmaker in Mt Roskill, who his family has been going to his whole life.
The bow was crafted for him by fellow costume designer Lissy Turner. He accessorised with a Balenciaga bag – controversial!
Chelsie Preston-Crayford, nominee for best supporting actress, The Panthers
Chelsea wore a blue shirt and silk pants by Auckland-based brand Gloria. She paired her Kate Sylvester x Mi Piaci shoes with an immaculately matched manicure
Lisette Reymer (pictured with Daniel Pannett), winner, Newshub for best news coverage reporting on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Lisette flew home to attend the awards in person and surprise her family. She bought her Camilla and Marc dress online from Ukraine and had it delivered to NZ in the hope it would fit, and it did.
Chris Parker, comedian and presenter
Newlywed Chris wore a Zambesi suit with shoes and bow tie from his recent wedding. The very stylish bow was “basically a piece of fabric from LookSharp folded over” that his husband assembled for the wedding – although Chris was very proud that he’d tied it himself for this event.
Kanoa Lloyd, TV host
Kanoa’s sister selected her Aje dress, which she paired with shoes from Number One Shoes. She wanted comfort and color, and these delivered on both.
Paula Penfold, winner, NZonAir Best Documentary
Stuff Circuit’s Paula Penfold wore a Juliette Hogan silk print dress.
Presenter Kimberly Crossman wore a bold orange ensemble by Australian brand Effie Kats.
Samantha wears a custom gown by Auckland-based designer Tanya Carlson.
Duncan Greive and Madeleine Chapman
The Spinoff’s founder and CEO Duncan wears a Barkers suit, and editor Madeleine wears a matching Ruby shirt and short set, with Doc Marten sandals.
Nominee Awa wears their flatmate’s boots, an opshop skirt, and a shirt gifted by a friend.
Kura Forrester, host
Cura brought the glamor in a sequin gown and earrings by Hailwood.
The actor set herself the task of developing an outfit for the awards, sharing the options on Instagram beforehand. Her choice: a red wrap dress found at the Katikati hospice shop, with some clip-on earrings. She also tried an unexpected styling trick of using sanitary pads as shoulder pads.